Wowie, what a fantastic convention.
AAC 2013 has bumped up to being one of the best convention experiences I've ever had. Right up there with this year's Fanime and my first anime Boston (2011). I am exhausted and sad for the convention to be over and having to say goodbye to friends, but so amazingly happy with how this con went.
I know I ended up forgetting to post a journal with my line-up for the con before leaving. It was just so hectic with everything going on--finishing up my big new costume (mostly the wig), getting my friend from the airport, and not to mention packing and making food... So here's a quick breakdown of what I wore to the convention:
Day One: Luna Lovegood (a different outfit than the CTCon one)
Day Two: Thumbelina
Day Three: Kaioh Michiru (casual, black dress)
So, I don't even know where to begin with this con report. Everything was so fantastic and I'm kind of just reeling from it still. Day One was pretty low key for me, which I was totally fine with because I wasn't feeling too great and still had my wig to get finished for Thumbelina. It was still a great start to the convention though. We'd gotten there on Day Zero, and spent the evening relaxing in our hotel room and working on finishing touches for our costumes (well, those of us who had to work on stuff). Friday was low key enough and I went back to my room pretty early in the day after perusing the dealer's room and seeing some friends.
Saturday was the big day for me. Oh boy.
I've wanted to cosplay Thumbelina for ages, and I was so happy that so many of my friends wanted to join me for a Thumbelina group. We had five of us altogether. Myself as Thumbelina in her default outfit, *QuinzyCobweb
as Beetle Ball Thumbelina, ~Ruet-Beer
as Cornelius, *Faxen
as Mr. Beetle, and finally my friend ceruleanfantasy
who came all the way up from Louisiana to be our Jacquimo! I am still so blown away by how amazing everyone looked.
We decided to enter into the masquerade because we'd all worked so hard. Unfortunately we couldn't organize a skit, so instead we ended up doing a walk on. It was a first time for most of us--myself, *QuinzyCobweb
, and our Jacquimo--so we extra nervous. We had to enter in for Advanced Craftsmanship, and it was so worth it. The judges were so nice and really enjoyed our costumes, the audience absolutely lost it when we went on and off stage, and in the end we won Best Advanced Craftsmanship for our category. I am still reeling from that experience. *QuinzyCobweb
took home the star portion of our trophy and I took home the base portion, and now I'm just looking for someplace to display it proudly. Every time I think about that night and how it all went I want to cry. I can't thank my friends enough for making our Thumbelina group possible, for making it such a memorable experience.
Now, I've got the bug and so I'm going to be entering into masquerades more often, I think.
Also, my friend ~BedlamSandNin
entered into the masquerade as a walk in in the novice division as Sailor Jupiter and won for Best Craftmanship in her category. So it was an amazing, amazing experience for everyone in my group. I'm super happy for all of us!
After the masquerade we went up and got ready for the rave. I ended up wearing my casual Michiru outfit for that. It was such a great night and I'm sad it had to end.
Sunday was just as good as Saturday. I got to see a lot of people I'd missed the first two days being so busy with my Thumbelina stuff. I got to run around the con, finish buying some things, and my friends and I had a great big con family lunch to end our con with. We made lots of silly vines, took photos, made lots of silly jokes, and eventually we parted ways though it took us ages to actually suck it up and say goodbye because we really didn't want it to end.
Now that the convention is over, I'll be shifting gears. I have an unexpected last convention of the season that I'll be attending because there are certain celebrities attending that I'd love to meet in cosplay, so SuperMegaFest is my next and final con of the year. I'll be working on sprucing up Faith (Buffy) and making a new original design for Luna Lovegood, but overall I'll be working on my wig commissions and starting on my costumes for animeBoston 2014.
Pictures from this convention will hopefully be coming up soon! Thank you everyone for your continued support!